Kelly Slater Wins Historic 10th ASP World Title

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: 9th place

Prior to the Snapper event, as has been the case for the last couple of years, Slater’s Brett Favre-like see-saw of whether to stay on tour or retire was determined early. Kelly had this to say about chasing ten: “I’m comfortable with 9 (ASP World Titles), but yeah, 10 has a certain allure to it.”

Parko, Mick, and Kelly started the year out as the top three contenders for that World Title. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Parko, Mick, and Kelly started the year out as the top three contenders for the 2010 World Title. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Everywhere he goes he gets mobbed like this. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Slater mobbed on the Gold Coast of Australia. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Kelly got knocked out in Round 4 against Jordy Smith and took home a 9th. Not the way the 9-time champ wants to start off the year, but a top 10 finish is good for most. Little did we know that he’d be fighting back against Jordy all year long. But Kelly did rack in this 9.27 before bowing out (below):

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Kelly at Snapper. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Kelly at Snapper. Photo courtesy ASP/Cestari

Kelly getting a little tube time before exiting the comp a bit early at Snapper. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Kelly getting a little tube time before exiting the comp early at Snapper. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Everyone watches when Kelly's in the water. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz
Everyone watches when Kelly’s in the water. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

On to the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach on the next page.

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